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ast year I set some goals in honor of Earth Day 2016, and I am happy to report that I’ve accomplished most of them. I have yet to purchase a more Earth-friendly vehicle, but my home is now powered by wind, and the compost we’ve created over this past year nurtures the foliage in our yard. I have also been inspired by the concepts highlighted in “Native Plants for a Healthy Yard... and a Healthy World!” on page 24. Traditional green turf takes its toll when you consider the water and chemicals needed to maintain it. And introducing exotic or alien plants can be disastrous to a local ecosystem. Instead, we could plant food, herbs, bee-friendly flowers, or bird-friendly shrubs in that space, keeping it equally attractive and we would likely enjoy it more.

contact us Publisher/Editor Michelle Vacanti 1351 Rte. 38W B3 Hainesport, NJ 08036 ph 267.664.3236 fax 866.295.6713 Find us on Facebook Assistant Editors Linda Sechrist S. Alison Chabonais Contributing Writer Jennifer Deligne Mica McCullough Design & Production Kent Constable Stephen Blancett Multi-Market Advertising 239-449-8309 © 2015 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

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I’ve also amped up my reusables when and wherever possible and I try to make purchasing decisions that are in alignment with my philosophy in order to vote with my dollar. But even the most well-intentioned environmentalists are occasionally guilty of forgetting their reusable water bottles or bags. Making matters worse, living sustainably is not always socially acceptable. The look of ridicule I get when I offer my own take out container at a restaurant, for example, says it all. What if there were economic disincentives or even mandates that would limit or restrict the use of packaging, pollution, chemicals, etc.? Would one then get the look of shame for NOT being “Green”? Let’s face it, systemic economic forces are deeply entrenched in our culture and they perpetuate instant, disposable consumerism as an ideology. The dream of a cleaner, greener world seems insurmountable under these conditions. I’m no economist, but it’s obvious that many decisions rooted in short-term economic or consumptive gains have the potential for disastrous long-term effects. The recent approval of a gas pipeline through our preserved and “protected” pinelands is a good example. Which reminds me to highlight another feature this month on The Pine Barrens film. I can’t wait to see the pre-release at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. Read more about the making of the film as a labor of love for David Scott Kessler. So this year as I continue to make responsible daily choices, I also plan to be more involved with organizations that have the ability to influence legislation. We currently fall far short of what our earth and its inhabitants are crying out for. I hope you’ll join me!

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newsbriefs Help a Deserving Family Get a Free Roof


oting is open for No Roof Left Behind in Camden County. This nationwide program gives people in the community a way to help their neighbors who have fallen on hard times. Throughout this month, voters can log onto, click on the state of New Jersey and choose Camden County to cast their vote. The No Roof Left Behind initiative provides a local contractor the framework to provide a new roof at no cost to a deserving homeowner in need. M. Rosenblatt Roofing & Siding joined the program to give back to Camden County.

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atural Awakenings of South Jersey has secured a distribution partnership with ShopRite Store locations throughout Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties. Beginning with this issue, new and current NA readers will find the magazine in their heavily trafficked entryways. “This is in response to an increasing demand for more accessible pickup locations,” says Publisher Michelle Vacanti. “ShopRite patrons are not necessarily all associated with the NA holistic living niche, but I think that what this tells us is that the tide is continuing to turn.” More and more people are looking for a healthier, more awakened lifestyle in South Jersey, and NA offers them access to the information, services, products and providers that can help them to make that shift.” For more information, email

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Better Health and Well-Being with Feng Shui Webinar


hermographic Diagnostic Imaging and Health through Awareness will present Sleep Your Way to Better Health and Well-Being with Feng Shui, a free webinar taught by Feng Shui Master and Interior Designer Kristin M. Wistar, from 7 to 8 p.m., April 26. Feng Shui is the study of the inner and outer worlds, the visual environment created by architectural features and décor, as well as unseen subtle energies and their flow. It can be a profound tool to shift the energy in our environment and Kristin Wistar improve the positive aspects of healthy qi. Viewers of the webinar will learn how the arrangement of their bedroom can enhance or detract from their health and well-being, how to avoid the major causes that block health and quality sleep in the bedroom, how clutter affects health and well-being, the importance of space clearing in the bedroom, how to enhance and activate their health direction, selecting the best direction to place the bed, understanding the power of color to boost health and get a good night’s sleep, and self-care tips for the mind, body and spirit. With more than 27 years of experience, Wistar is committed to enriching people’s lives and merging centuries-old feng shui wisdom with modern design principles to create an uplifting and inspiring environment. She has collaborated with multi-million dollar corporations, as well as individuals looking to improve their health, relationships and abundance within their homes. For more information, call 856-596-5834 or visit the Webinars and Events tab at

Local Naturopath Offers Free Phone Consultations


aturopathic Doctor Melissa Josselson, in Marlton, is offering complimentary, 15-minute phone consultations this month for new clients. Her care focuses on whole person wellness, identifying underlying imbalances and supporting the body’s innate ability to heal with natural therapies. Josselson offers holistic and integrative care for all ages at her office. Her services include naturopathic consultations for acute and chronic health concerns, nutrition consultations, deDr. Melissa toxification and weight-loss programs, Josselson and supplement evaluations. Location: 230 N. Maple Ave., Ste. G2. For more information, visit For free phone consultations, call 856-472-9495.

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newsbriefs Free Gardeners Helpline Available in Camden County


he Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County have opened a free helpline to the general public from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Those with gardening questions can also stop by the office in Cherry Hill. Residents can save time and money by calling this helpline for answers about issues with trees, shrubs or flowers, as well as mysterious bugs or any other gardening questions. Location: 1301 Park Blvd. For more information or to reach the helpline, call 856-216-7130 or email njGarden@

Learn Professional Energy Medicine in Cherry Hill


he first four classes of Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine Year One Certification Program will be offered from 9 a.m., April 27, to 6 p.m., April 30, at Ohana Health and Wellness Center, in Cherry Hill. This series is the first year of a two-year Eden Energy Medicine Certification Program. Taught by Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner Geoffrey White, the class features teachings from legendary healer Donna Eden, the author of Energy Medicine and Energy Medicine for Women and Energies of Love. “This is not woo-woo stuff. It is a life-changing series of intensive professional training classes that teach you how to understand, feel, test and correct energy anomalies in yourself and others based on the work of Donna Eden, who was born with a gift that enables her to see energy in fine detail,” says White. “By December of this year, practitioners will be able to do professional energy work on themselves, their family and friends, and even open a practice.” Location: 1892 Green Tree Rd. For more information or to register, call 856-2224600 or visit

Stress Relief through Joyous Laughter and Mindful Movement


oga for Living, in Cherry Hill, will host an uplifting three-hour workshop from 1 to 4 p.m., April 22, taught by Robert Rivest, a health, literacy and stress relief educator, mindfulness teacher and laughter yoga master trainer.

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Rivest will share his health and well-being practice, blending mindful breathing, playful tai chi, expressive movement and laughter yoga. Participants will learn to use their body to convey all the excitement and joy that laughter, mindfulness and focused breathing offer, equipping them with the skills to reduce stress and anxiety. Students will also learn to free their bodies and minds so that laughter will flow freely, joyfully and spontaneously. Appropriate for healthcare and laughter yoga practitioners, as well as students of all skill levels, Rivest’s exercises and energizing movements will help participants lead more positive, playful, upbeat and cheerful lives. Cost: $49 before Apr. 12, $59 after. Location: 1926 Greentree Rd. For more information or to register (recommended), call 856-404-7287 or visit

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olos Touch, in Haddon Heights, is offering online classes for pain relief and self-care. The classes are available at and visitors can read the blogs and download three free classes. Each one provides simple, hands-on experiences and a basic knowledge of the body. A free download of the research-based Knee Self-Massage Technique book is available to those who download the online classes this month. Pain is a major public health problem in the U.S. and non-addictive therapies are needed more than ever. Pain education intervention is an effective technique that has been offered at Holos Touch for the past ten years. The online classes allow individuals to study and practice in the convenience of their homes and on their own time. In addition, Holos Touch is offering drop-in knee pain relief classes from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, as well as from 11 to 12:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Location: 17 White Horse Pike, Ste. 6. For more information or to register for drop-in classes (recommended), call 856-546-7500, email or visit

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newsbriefs World Tai Chi and Qigong Day


orld Tai Chi and Qigong Day will take place at 10 a.m., April 29, outdoors in Bordentown. A concurrent celebration will take place at Neshaminy Park, in Bristol, Pennsylvania. This outdoor event features a tai chi Chih practice in the morning. Visitors of all levels will follow easy, gentle movements with the group and experience the health benefits associated with them. The afternoon features a provocative workshop with international Teacher Trainer Daniel Pienciak. The Pennsylvania event features meet and greets, as well as demonstrations, with martial artists, Tajiquan and qigong teachers, as well as a workshop. Holistic vendors, practitioners and craft vendors will also be on-hand during the event. For more information or to register (required) for the New Jersey event, call 609-752-1048 or email Siobhan@ To find out more about the Pennsylvania event, call Dr. Jih at 267-481-0721 or email

Weight-Loss Program at Replenish Center


eplenish Center, in Willingboro, is offering weight loss programs for women. Focusing on real solutions and not fad diets, these programs help participants learn lifestyle changes and healthy eating Dr. Camille habits. Semple-Daly Dr. Camille Semple-Daly and the physician-led programs help individuals identify and 10

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Fundraiser for Pine Barren’s Film Launches on April 1


ilmmaker David Scott Kessler will be launching a campaign to fund his documentary film The Pine Barrens on April 1. The campaign will be launched on Indiegogo, an international crowdfunding website, and the funds will be used to prepare his film for international film festivals. The Pine Barrens is a documentarystyle film focusing on the life within the pinelands of southern New Jersey. Kessler worked on the film for over five years through self-funding and help from fellow artists. Through this fundraising campaign, David Scott Kessler Kessler hopes to spread important news about the New Jersey Pinelands, an environment that homes a community of people and nature. To contribute to Kessler’s film, please visit the Indiegogo website at or

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athy Milano, Ph.D., will host a four-day immersion in an evolutionary path to wholehearted, mystical living from May 4 to 7 at the Cranaleith Spiritual Center, in Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event begins with registration at 4 p.m., May 4, followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Milano will guide attendees through a progressive path involving divine feminine wisdom and light transmissions, intuitive expansion, meditation, energy medicine, AngelicEnergetics techniques, inspired writing, group sharing, yoga and chanting with Julie Fischer, sacred art with Mary Law, dancing, free time in nature and a moving Sacred Ceremony within the Spiral Matrix of Light. This transformational retreat allows participants to recognize their own preciousness and become empowered to live wholeheartedly aware with the mystery. Cost: $571. Payment plans available. For more information or to register (required—six spots available), call 856-778-1981 or visit SouthJersey


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newsbriefs Wild Soul Movement Yoga Series for Women


he Sanctuary for Yoga, in Medford, will offer the Wild Soul Movement, a 12-week yoga series for women, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning April 3. A grounded and loving practice designed to get participants out of their head and into their bodies, the Wild Soul Movement melts away everything that has ever made women feel wrong, ashamed, less than or unsafe in their sacred body. Led by Certified Wild Soul Movement Teacher Christine Juckett, attendees will practice together to redefine the rules, expectations, culture and conditioning that have separated women form their bodies. Featuring a


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path to power, trust and freedom within, the Wild Soul Movement is a practice in self-discovery, self-love, self-trust and self-acceptance that uses movement, mantra and meditation to connect with the body, empower the mind and cultivate inner peace. The series is composed of four topics that are each expanded upon over three weeks. Topics include Surrender and Release, Trust and Receiving, Wild Dreaming and Desire, and Love and Creation. Attendees will leave feeling a deeper love for their body, a strong sense of connection with other women, a sense of secureness and grounding, and an openness to other possibilities. Cost: $240 for series, $22 for drop-in. Drop-in students are encouraged to join the entire three weeks of each chosen topic. Location: 43 S. Main St. For more information or to register, call 609-953-7800 or visit

Understanding Prolozone From the American Academy of Ozonotherapy website


ProlozoneTM is a homeopathic/oxygen-ozone injection technique developed and pioneered by Dr. Frank Shallenberger. It is excellent for all forms of musculo-skeletal and joint pain including chronic neck and back pain, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative and arthritic hips and knees, degenerated discs, and shoulder and elbow pain. Because in many cases Prolozone actually corrects the pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to become permanently pain free. Prolozone is a form of non-surgical ligament reconstruction and is a permanent treatment for chronic pain. Prolozone is a connective tissue injection therapy of collagen-producing substances and ozone gas, which can reconstruct damaged or weakened connective tissue in and around joints. These substances are injected into the damaged connective tissue in around a joint to rebuild the damaged areas. By repairing the connective tissue, this is all that is needed to permanently reverse chronic pain. Prolozone Therapy is an injection technique similar to Prolotherapy that uses ozone. The use of ozone causes the joint to heal much more quickly than in traditional Prolotherapy. This is because ozone is a highly reactive molecule and when injected into a joint capsule, it is able to stimulate the fibroblastic joint-repairing abilities.

Prolozone is derived from the word ozone and the Latin word “proli” which means to regenerate or rebuild. It literally means rebuilding tissues with ozone. It is important to understand what the word Prolozone actually means. “Prolo” is short for proliferation, because the treatment causes the proliferation (growth, formation) of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak. Ligaments are the structural “rubber bands” that hold bones to bones in joints acting like the body’s shock absorbers. Ligaments can become weak or injured and may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. Ligaments will also not tighten on their own to their original length once injured. This is largely because the blood supply to ligaments is limited, and therefore healing is slow and not always complete. To further complicate this, ligaments also have many nerve endings, and therefore the person will feel pain at the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose. We can think of our joints as the hinge on a door. Until the hinge is fixed, the door just isn’t going to open or close right, and it’s the same exact story with our joints. If we are athletic or if we are just getting older, there is some gradual and natural degeneration of the moving parts of the body due to ongoing recurrent mechanical stress, and failure of tissues to repair. This can come from lack of nutrients, lack of circulation, aging and inflammation. When this happens

the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage become dehydrated and weaker. This results in laxity and more abnormal mechanical stress and shearing forces on the joint. Abnormal shearing forces and torsion cause more joint dysfunction. This leads to a progressive separation of the ligaments from the superficial covering on the bone called the periosteum. This pulling on the periosteum creates a space, which the body fills in with new bone. These new parts of bone are called osteophytes. They are the premier signs of degenerative arthritis in and around the joint. Osteophytes and joint laxity result in a reduced range of motion, which causes strain on surrounding muscles, which then become either over- or under-worked leading to more dysfunction and pain. Prolozone causes repair and tightening of the lax structures, partially torn connective tissue and ligaments. Prolozone halts the pain/inflammation cycle. This allows for better circulation, increased blood flow carrying nutrition, and hydration of the damaged tissues. This allows for a healing environment within the joint to develop and results in increased range of motion and decreased pain and inflammation. Just about every joint can be injected and with minimal discomfort. Costs are also reasonable and significantly cheaper than Prolotherapy, PRP and Stem Cells with comparable results in non-severe cases.

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arefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of Jaén, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a 12-week program of barefoot running would produce in foot strike patterns, inversion, eversion and foot rotation. Thirty-nine recreational athletes with no experience in barefoot running participated. Twenty formed the experimental group, with 19 serving as a control group. Researchers determined each runner’s low, high and comfortable running speed and conducted pre- and post-running tests using cameras to document foot strike patterns. The experimental group’s training consisted of a progressive increase in the duration and frequency of barefoot running, while those in the control group performed the same progressive running program with their shoes on. The experimental group showed significant changes in foot strike pattern, with a tendency toward a mid-foot strike at all speeds. They also displayed changes in foot rotation and inversion toward a more centered strike at the lower speed, supporting the notion that progressive barefoot training can help athletes trying to change their foot pattern to a mid- or front-foot strike.

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uopeng An, Ph.D., a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studied the hydration and dietary habits of more than 18,300 American adults and found that drinking more water each day can impact the overall calories and nutritional value of food consumed. Reviewing data from four parts of the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, in which participants were asked to recall their food and drink intake during two non-consecutive days, An determined the percentage of plain water drunk by each person. He found an association between a 1 percent increase in the subjects’ daily intake of plain water and an 8.6-calorie reduction in food intake. An also discovered a slight reduction in foods high in fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol with the change. Participants that increased their plain water consumption by one to three cups reduced their calorie intake by 68 to 205 calories per day. The same increase in water correlated with a daily reduction in sodium intake by 78 to 235 milligrams, five to 18 grams less sugar and seven to 21 milligrams less cholesterol.


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2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that sage can protect mice against Aß-induced neurotoxicity, thus helping to preserve cognition. The researchers also highlighted acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter believed to play an important role in attention, learning, memory and motivation. ACh enzyme inhibitors help prevent alterations in ACh, preserving these functions. In vitro and animal studies show that some species of salvia are effective ACh enzyme inhibitors. In addition, animal studies have shown that sage extracts can reduce depression and anxiety. Both of these conditions can contribute to a decrease in cognitive function. Further research is needed to determine the extent of the effect and safe dosage.






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study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can help relieve chronic neck pain. Researchers divided 14 participants, 18 years or older, with ongoing neck pain into three randomized groups. One received 12 weeks of tai chi instruction, one performed group neck exercises and one received no treatment. “The study results showed that 12 weeks of tai chi was more effective than no treatment for benefiting pain levels, disability, quality of life and postural control in persons with chronic neck pain,” explains Peter M. Wayne, Ph.D., co-author of the study; he’s also the founder of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The group neck exercise subjects experienced results that were similar to those in the tai chi group, suggesting that the two paths are equally effective.

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The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world’s second-largest (1.3 million-square-mile) shark sanctuary, which bans commercial fishing throughout, and has also expanded the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The possession, trade and sale of sharks and shark products are also prohibited in these areas as is the use of fishing gear such as wire leaders for targeting sharks. Worldwide, about 100 million sharks are killed each year in commercial fisheries. Nearly 30 percent of all known shark species assessed by scientists are now threatened with extinction. Sharks are particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they mature and reproduce slowly. Many Pacific island nations have established shark sanctuaries, recognizing the valuable ecosystem and economic roles that healthy populations provide. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora recently added 13 shark and mobula ray species to its list, a step toward ensuring sustainable and legal trade of these species.


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Traffic Pollution Chokes Big Cities Worldwide When air pollution blanketed Paris for three days, authorities called it the worst bout in 10 years and made public transit free. For the fourth time in 20 years, the city instituted a system based on alternating odd and even license plate numbers to keep certain vehicles off city streets, effectively cutting daily traffic in half; it’s the first time the ban’s been maintained for consecutive days. “Cars are poisoning the air,” says Paris city hall transport official Herve Levife. “We need to take preventive measures.” Three other cities—Athens, Madrid and Mexico City—will ban diesel engines by 2025 as part of a similar effort. Beijing, China’s capital city, has such dirty skies from cars and coal that protective masks are commonplace despite emissions restrictions and power plant closures, partly due to pollutants from neighboring regions. Paris leads the world in monthly car-free days, but several large metro cities participate in an international car-free day each September 22, including Washington, D.C., Seattle and Long Island, New York. Source: 18

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Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein that addresses these issues. She states, “The protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent food waste during distribution along the food chain.” Plastic six-pack rings are renowned for their negative impact on wildlife and the environment. Now the Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, is making edible six-pack rings for beer cans that are 100 percent biodegradable. Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, they can be safely eaten by animals that come into contact with the refuse. Company President Chris Gove notes, “We hope to influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.” Source: American Chemical Society

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In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life sucking sap and eventually killing the tree. The bug is one example of an expanding horde of insects draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought-weakened terrain, this invasion represents one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the U.S. Scientists say they are already driving some tree species toward extinction and causing billions of dollars a year in damage, with the situation expected to worsen. Today’s connected world enables foreign invaders to cross oceans in packing materials or on garden plants, and then reach American forests to rapidly expand their ranges. According to a new study in Ecological Applications, scientists say several species of hemlock and 20 species of ash could become nearly extinct in coming decades. Such destruction would eliminate a critical sponge to capture greenhouse gas emissions, a natural shelter for birds and native insects and a reliable food supply for bears and other animals. Dead forests also increase the danger of wildfires.

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According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted a 30 percent increase to 417,000 acres in 2016, adding 100,000 acres since 2014 and 50 new organic farms. In assessing the positive trend, Scott Shander, a Mercaris economist, says, “With today’s lower commodity grain prices, farmers are looking to add value and meet consumer demands. The global market is dictating U.S. prices. Demand for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production is not growing as fast, so more of the production will be international.” Source:

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he Pine Barrens, a documentary film by David Scott Kessler, will be shown at 7 p.m. on April 1, in Princeton, as part of the 2017 Princeton Environmental Film Festival. Previous live-score screenings have been sold out, and those that attend the festival will have the chance to see the pre-release edition. The New Jersey Pinelands constitute the first National Reserve including seven southern New Jersey counties and encompassing more than 1 million acres of land, populating almost one-third of the state. The wonder of the pinelands continuing to thrive in the most densely populated U.S. state may also be its downfall. Kessler wanted to explore the beauty of the pinelands relationships with its dwellers and the importance of these relationships surviving urbanization. Kessler worked on the film for five-plus years, following several characters throughout. Those within the pinelands are from generations within the pines, tracing back even to Native Americans. According to the state of New Jersey, nearly 500,000 people live in the Pinelands National Reserve. He showcases the traditions and cultures of area inhabitants and the problems they face as the modern world surrounds and

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a plant that grew in the United States in free colonial days. More importantly, plants should be those that have grown and evolved in your immediate locale; i.e., plants native to Kansas or other distant locations are not native to our front yards. Living things that were introduced here are called exotics or aliens. For the many plants and animals that depend on natives for the sustenance, they can be disastrous. Natives are the plants that have developed in place with all the other surrounding living things and have survived. They are well adapted to adverse conditions and usually need less water, fertilizer, and overall care which equates to lower costs in time and money for the home owner. But the most important contribution of these plants is their support of beneficial insects and many forms

re you envious of your neighbor’s lush green lawn and neat rows of boxwoods? Looks can be deceiving because all of that greenery supports no beneficial creatures and worse, the usual high chemical input and water use for its maintenance can often actually be harmful. Costs and regular maintenance of traditional manicured spaces also take their toll on our enjoyment of these seasons each year as well. The simplest solution to this environmental problem is to plant the right plants in the right places, which means using natives in our landscape. Traditional yards attempt to create fairly uniform landscapes and plants are added to change a place. With natives, plants are selected to go with a place. What constitutes a native plant can be debated, but generally the definition is

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t was standing inside I learned early Nothing. I was held in a Timpanogos Cave (a nadarkness so deep that my on we live by eyes seemed shut even tional monument) as an 8-year-old child that marked wild mercy. though they were open. All me. Hiking to the entrance I could hear was the sound of the cave with our church group, we of water dripping and the beating heart were ushered in by a park ranger. Imof the mountain. mediately, the cool air locked inside the I don’t know how long I stood inside mountain enveloped us and we wore Timpanogos Cave before our church it as loose clothing. Immense stalacleader realized I was missing, but it was tites and stalagmites hung down from long enough to have experienced how the ceiling and rose up from the floor, fear moves out of panic toward wonder. declaring themselves teeth. We were Inside the cave, I knew I would be found. inside the gaping mouth of an animal What I didn’t know was what would find and we were careful not to disturb the me—the spirit of Timpanogos. beast, traversing the cave on a narrow To this day, my spiritual life is found constructed walkway above the floor so inside the heart of the wild. I do not fear as not to disturb its fragility. But it was it, I court it. When I am away, I anticipate the Great Heart of Timpanogos Cave my return, needing to touch stone, rock, that captured my attention. water, the trunks of trees, the sway of When everyone else left the grasses, the barbs of a feather, the fur left charismatic form, I stayed. I needed behind by a shedding bison. more time to be closer to it, to watch Wallace Stegner, a mentor of mine, its red-orange aura pulsating in the wrote: “If we preserved as parks only cavernous space of shadows. I wanted those places that have no economic to touch the heart, run the palms of possibilities, we would have no parks. my hands on its side, believing that if I And in the decades to come, it will not did, I could better understand my own be only the buffalo and the trumpeter heart, which was invisible to me. I was swan that need sanctuaries. Our own only inches away, wondering whether species is going to need them, too. It it would be cold or hot to the touch. It needs them now.” looked like ice, but it registered as fire. Suddenly, I heard the heavy door Excerpts from The Hour of Land: A slam and darkness clamp down. The Personal Topography of America’s group left without me. I was forgotNational Parks by Terry Tempest Williams, ten—alone—locked inside the cave. reprinted with permission. Learn more at I waved my hand in front of my face.

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he federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 20172018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day. Help South Jersey celebrate and forward it’s progress toward sustainability at our local Earth Day 2017 events.

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MEDICAL MASSAGE Targeted Therapy for Specific Ills by Linda Sechrist


haron Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a therapist touch and address them by their names. A 105-year-old woman jokes, ‘Now that they’ve figured out how to keep us alive for so long, they don’t know what to do with us. Thank God for massage therapy.’” Specialty certificate programs such as Puszko’s, representing advanced education and training


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within a modality qualified as therapeutic massage and bodywork, are benefitting both massage therapists and clients. Some outcome-based specialty modalities considered as requirements for specific populations such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, are referred to as “medical massage”. The nonprofit National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork provides an accredited, voluntary certification beyond entry-level state licensure. To maintain their status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience, and pass a crim-



inal background check every two years. The certifying board also approves continuing education providers that teach specialty techniques, including integrative health care, sports massage and military veteran massage. The result is therapies administered according to a national standard of excellence requisite for therapists working in collaboration with doctors, chiropractors, wellness centers, retirement care communities and other medical settings. Puszko, an approved provider who founded her service in 2000, offers beginning and advanced weekend workshops for therapists on the complexities of physiological changes and technical skills required to work with geriatric or senior clients. She works from three offices in upscale retirement communities and teaches approved continuing education curricula throughout the U.S. and internationally. “Although the skills I teach are not taught in massage school, they are in demand at independent and assisted living facilities where massage is considered a vital aspect of health care,” says Puszko. “Older Americans represent the greatest challenge to massage therapists. For elderly residents, stretching and pulling on delicate skin and joints, as well as pushing one’s elbow into gluteus maximus muscles, are unacceptable approaches.” She explains that they might be called upon for a range of needs from helping prepare a 70-year-old marathoner for a race to reducing the stress of an exhausted hospice patient. Geri Ruane is one of four founding directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit created in 2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimentary hand and foot massage therapy to cancer patients and caregivers in chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance offers financial assistance to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients.

Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.” For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the massage. Hospitals in 35 states and Washington, D.C., now offer massage therapy to individuals during cancer treatment. MK Brennan, president of the Society for Oncology Massage, created in 2007, in Toledo, Ohio, is a registered nurse with a longtime practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan observes, “In nursing school, I was taught how to give a back rub, an aspect of patient care once provided by all nurses, but no longer part of a nurse’s education. It now appears that there could be a resurgence of interest in offering massage therapy in hospitals that would encompass more medical aspects and require modified techniques for different patient populations.” In addition to oncology and geriatric massage, other select massage therapy modalities such as orthopedic, bodywork, Asian techniques and those related to pregnancy, infant and child health care as

well as other special needs require advanced education and training. Before making an appointment with a massage therapist/bodyworker for a specific type of help, inquire about their knowledge, experience, training and continuing education.

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arth’s oceans shelter more than a million species, employ millions of people and feed billions more. Their complex ecosystems increasingly face critical challenges, including acidification, overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us all, youths nationwide are stepping up with bold, creative actions benefiting present and future generations to show us how we too, can do our part.

Sean Russell, 24, of Englewood, Florida, was exposed to ocean wonders in junior marine conservation summer camps and 4-H programs. Volunteering with Mote Marine Laboratory’s dolphin research program, in Sarasota, Russell was struck by how improperly discarded fishing line entangled and killed dolphins and other wildlife. At 16, he launched the Stow It—Don’t Throw It Project to promote portable receptacles

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and comments online. Consequently, Secretary of State John Kerry’s office partnered with SOA to incorporate a youth component in the state department’s 2016 Our Ocean Conference. The SOA, recognized by the United Nations as a game-changing initiative, has catalyzed 30 chapters on U.S. campuses, with plans to expand to Britain, Chile and Spain. Actionable steps include advocating for college curricula on ocean health. Already, the alliance has helped sway global policy, gathering 30,000 signatures petitioning that ocean conservation be included in UN sustainable development goals. It also mobilized youth advocating for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, America’s first marine monument (measuring a bit larger than Yellowstone National Park), off of Cape Cod, created by former President Obama in 2016. Russell and Fernandez agree that rallying around solutions is key to engaging youths and adults alike. “You can talk about the problems all day long, but it’s solutions that inspire people to take action,” says Russell. Fernandez adds, “Often, people feel helpless in the face of big issues, but if you give them a simple way to help, they will get behind it.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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whether involving simple vomiting, diarrhea, chronic or complete constipation, anal sac disorders or inflammatory bowel disease, regardless of cause. Because sick pets often suffer from reduced appetite and impaired digestion, enzyme supplements are often added to a dietetic regimen to improve their nutritional status. Helpful enzymes include proteases, carbohydrases (like amylase) and lipases that break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, respectively. Digestive enzymes are highly specific both to the type of food they act upon and the conditions under which they work. They can be derived from pancreatic, plant or microbial sources (bacteria or fungi). While pancreatic enzymes activate mainly in the small intestines (being inactive in the stomach’s lower pH environment), plant and microbial enzymes begin digesting foods in the stomach immediately after ingestion and likely even on the food being prepared, if the enzymes are added several minutes before they are eaten. Enzymes from microbial and plant origins have a broader spectrum of activity because

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SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Rejuvenating Day Retreat – 9:30am-4:30pm. With Mary Law. Clarify and enhance your energy field. The Archangels, wise Masters, and the Divine Feminine guide you to release worry, receive Divine gifts, and radiate blessings through your life and world. $88. Soul Sanctuary, 110 Marter Ave, Ste 206, Moorestown. One-Day Childbirth 2017 –10am-3pm. A combination of our Labor Basics and Breathing & Relaxation class. Recommended that couples attend the Baby Basics class to supplement information given on caring for a newborn. Take during 7th month. $90/couple. 175 Madison Ave, Conference Center 1st Fl, Mount Holly. To register: 888-847-8823 or Date: 4/29/2017 Location: 100 Bowman Drive, Garden Level/Holman CC, Voorhees , NJ, 08043. Animal Welfare Association Adoption Event – 12-4pm. Come meet some of our adorable, adoptable pets. Bring happiness home. Petco Turnersville, 141 Tuckahoe Rd, Ste 130, Sewell. 856-424-2288. Special Pre-Release Showing of The Pine Barrens Film – 7pm. Part of the 2017 Princeton Environmental Film Festival. First Campus Center Lecture Hall 302, Princeton University, Princeton. For more info:

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 The Path of the Mystic Vegan – 11am-3pm. This seminar unites veganism and metaphysical spirituality, revealing the truth of our naturally herbivorous biology, the dark reality of animal agriculture, and the negative impact of animal exploitation on our spiritual and physical health. Vegan lunch provided. $11. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Workday at OCP – 1pm. Will work on clearing the trail system at our 39-acre property south of Swedesboro. Wear appropriate shoes, dress for the weather and bring drinking water. 21 Main St, Swedesboro. RSVP: MHogan@ More info: SJLandWater. org/Event-Directory. Interpretive Trail Hike – 1:30-2:30pm. Join an RNC naturalist for an interpretive hike through our varied habitats. Pace is easy and suitable for adults and teenagers. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495,

MONDAY, APRIL 3 Wild Soul Movement Yoga Series – Mondays, Apr 3-Jun 26. 7-8:30pm. With Christine Juckett. A 12-wk series that is a practice in self-discovery. It melts away everything that’s ever made you feel wrong, ashamed, less than or unsafe in your

sacred body. It’s not about working out, it’s about working in. Incorporates: movement, mantra and meditation. $240/series; drop-in rates available The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 Free Intro to Mindfulness – 6:45-8:15pm. With Linda Townshend. Mindfulness-based meditation for stress reduction. Free, but pre-registration required. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Yin Yoga with Christine – 7:30-8:30pm. Give your body and mind a great recharge with the longer held poses of yin yoga. Yin eases flexibility to connective tissue, cultivates core flexibility, and restores the body and mind. $15 or class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 Lightweight Backpacking Basics – 6:30-8pm. Join an REI backpacking expert who will provide excellent tips on lightweight backpacking techniques. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Hands-on Bike Maintenance: Intermediate – 6:30-8:30pm. Join our expert bike mechanics to learn about what makes up your drive train as well as how to inspect, maintain and adjust the front & rear derailleurs to make sure your ride is as smooth as possible. Bring own bike. $40/member, $60/ nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. A Course in Spirituality: The Path of the Spiritual Warrior – 7-9pm. A continuing course designed to inform and enlighten participants on living authentic spiritual lives in the world. Suggestion donation: $15 for those not registered for the series. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 AARP Driver Safety Program 2017 – 9am-4pm. Refine your driving skills and learn about defensive driving techniques at this refresher course that is approved by the National Safety Council. You don’t even need to be over 55. No written or road test given. $15/AARP members, $20/nonmembers. Virtua Health and Wellness Center, 239 Hurffville Cross Keys Rd, 2nd Fl Conf Rm, Sewell. To register: 888-847-8823 or

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 3-Day Qigong Healing Event in Baltimore – Apr 7-9. Join Jeff Primack and Qi Revolution for a weekend experience to learn this life-changing healing technique. $149 for all 3 days. Baltimore Convention Center. Seating limited; register: 800-298-8970 or Stream School at Camden Community College – Apr 7-8. This 2-day intensive workshop is a

great opportunity to learn how to gauge the health of a stream through visual and biological assessments. RSVP: AARP Driver Safety Program 2017 – 9am-4pm. See Apr 6 description. $15/AARP members, $20/nonmembers. 175 Madison Ave, Mount Holly. To register: 888-847-8823 or New Jersey Pinelands Commission Monthly Meeting – 9:30am. The Pinelands Commission is the state agency that oversees conservation and development within the Pinelands boundaries. They hold a regular monthly meeting that is open to the public. 15 Springfield Rd, Pemberton. Pinelands Preservation Alliance: 609-8598860. Agenda:

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Not Two: Making our Lives the Path of the Spiritual Warrior – 9am-6pm. A deep and enlightening examination into the nature and causes of our discontentment as well as the tools for transforming it. Includes the Anatomy of The Mind, the cultivation of Real Insight, and how to make our whole lives a spiritual practice. $45 with lunch. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. Registration required: 609268-9151. Naturalist-Led Saturday Walk – 10:3011:30am. Join an RNC naturalist for a themed hike around the preserve. Suitable for adults and interested teenagers. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-2612495, Reiki Levels 1 & 2 Certification Class – 11am6pm. Both levels in a 1-day class. Become attuned to both levels, learn history and principles of reiki, chakra and aura scanning, self- healing and healing others, distant healing, and give first reiki session. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Genesis Night Hike – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy a guided hike under the light of the full moon to visit nocturnal habitats of wildlife that emerge after dark. Ages 8 & up. $10/person. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Advanced registration required:

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 5K Run for Clean Air – 7:30am. Philadelphia’s largest Earth Day Celebration. A certified green event, which also includes a 3K walk, Kids’ Fun Run and more. Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. More info: Eckankar HU Song and Worship Service – 10am-12pm. Come learn about, experience and share the spiritual insights and upliftment gained by singing HU, a love song to God. It will be followed by the Worship Service that includes a reading, singing HU, followed by a discussion on this month’s topic: Touching the Face of God. Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 609-261-0019.

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savethedate Spiritual, Health and Wellness Expo – 10am4pm. A blend of spirituality and professionals coming together to bring encouragement, empowerment and healing. Over 40 exhibitors including intuitive readings, energy healers, mediums, psychics, empowerment coaches, health professionals, all-natural products, tarot card readers and much more. Free seminars every half hour. $5 admission. The Falls at Doubletree by Hilton, 515 Fellowship Rd, Mt Laurel. A Journey to Meet Your Spirit Guides – 11am3pm. Attendees will meet and learn to develop a relationship with their Spirit Guides through instruction, guided meditations and writing exercises. Spirit Guides assist us with daily decision making, life purpose, spiritual development and more. $65. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Genesis Walk on the Wild Side – 1:30pm. Join us for a themed hike through the Refuge. Trails are family friendly. $10/adult, $8/ages 4 & up, free/ages 3 & under. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Advanced registration required: Blossoming Joy: Candlelight Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. With Linda Sheehan. Let go, look in and center yourself in your own innate joy. In this class we go deep using gentle supported poses using bolsters, blankets and pillows. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Mindfulness Meditation for Experienced Meditators – 6:15-7:30pm. With Linda Townshend. 2nd Sun each month. This monthly mindfulness meditation class is an opportunity to deepen and reconnect with your practice and spend time with like-minded individuals who share the desire to live a more centered and mindful life. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856404-7287.

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Year-Round Succulent Gardening for Mid-Atlantic Gardeners – 7pm.  Horticultural Society of South Jersey presents Jessie Keith, a horticulturist, writer, garden photographer, and educator, discusses hardy succulents which offer diverse, tough beauty and often provide year-round interest. Free. Carmen Tilelli Hall, 820 Mercer St, Cherry Hill. 856-816-8508.

Spirit Nite Exclusive Group Reading – Join Psychic Medium Kimara for a special evening as she connects with Spirit to deliver incredibly detailed and accurate information and messages from your loved ones who’ve passed. Limited seating engagement. Only 12 seats to give everyone the opportunity to receive a personal contact. $55/person. Church St Art and Craft, 2 Church St, Mt Holly. Online sales only: The

Escape the Desk Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. If you spend hours on end hunched over a computer, trapped in a cubicle or driving a car, join fellow desk worker Erin Filson in a fun series of accessible yoga poses for all levels to help you lengthen and strengthen your body, reaffirm healthy posture, and ease stiffness caused by sitting for long periods of time. $15 or class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 Heart & Soul Cardiac Support Group – 4:306pm. Topic: The latest and the greatest updates to cardiac care. Education and information aimed at improving and maintaining cardiac health. Share emotions, adjustments, and advice. Physicians and other experts speak frequently. Free. Rohrer Center for Health Fitness, 2309 Evesham Rd, Conference Center, Voorhees. To register: 888-847-8823 or Prepare for the Unexpected: Urban Emergency Preparedness – 6:30-8pm. Learn valuable planning and survival techniques that may one day help save your life or the lives of those you love. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856810-1938.


About Angels – 7-8pm. Learn about Archangel Michael in the Apr session of this ongoing Angel workshop which features a different angel each month with Kristy McAdams. Relax with like-minded people during discussion of angel specific attributes, interactive activities and personal experiences are shared.  $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. Registration required by Apr 10: 609-9758379.

The Oneness of It All: Meet the Author and Artist – 10:30-11:30am. Join Maryann Pino Miller, author and Shiya Stone artist, for a discussion and reading from The Oneness of It All, a powerful

Dharma Teaching, Conversation and Tea – 7-9pm. Includes a period of quiet contemplation and reflection and a teaching followed by conversation over a bowl of tea. Suggested donation,

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FRIDAY, APRIL 14 Yoga with Queen – 6-7:15pm. Join Jimmy Sell in this special segment of our monthly musical series designed for all shapes and sizes. Focusing on yoga postures, breathing, meditation, relaxation and philosophy, enjoy the classic and timeless music of the Queen as a backdrop. $10. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. April Seed Library Hours – 7pm. With the SJ Seed Circle Library. There is still time to get your seeds so you will be ready to start plants like tomatoes and peppers. Stop by to pick up some seeds for your garden. Knowledgeable

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SATURDAY, APRIL 15 Tribal Belly Dance Basics – 1-3pm. With Meghan Marchese. Learn basic movements based on the American Tribal Style (ATS) format of belly dance, move your whole body and strengthen those abs in this fun class designed specifically for beginners, and for those who want to brush up on basic technique. $15. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. An Evening with Seijaku Roshi – 7-9pm. Monthly zen chat offers an evening of thought-provoking, heart-opening and lifechanging discussion. This month‘s topic: The Truth About Being Spiritual, will help to set you free from fear. Pay at the door: $15/individuals, $25/spouse & partners. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

MONDAY, APRIL 17 Girl Talk – 6:30-8:30pm. Afun and interactive program to help your daughter (ages 9-11) experience puberty with ease and confidence. Includes introduction to the stages of puberty, learning healthy habits for self-care, positive attitudes and confidence. Free giveaways and light refreshments. Each girl will receive the American Girl book: The Care and Keeping of You. Parent must attend with child. $30 for mother/daughter. Virtua’s Health & Wellness Center Moorestown, 401 Young Ave, Moorestown. To register: 888-847-8823 or

TUESDAY, APRIL 18 The Greater Woodbury Garden Club Meeting – 7pm. Program: Herbs 101. Presented by Gloria Stevens, Master Gardener and owner of Springville Orchard & Herbary. Central Baptist Church, 37 S Jackson St, Woodbury. For more info, Barbara Haase: 856-904-6870 or Peace & Acceptance: A Yoga Nidra Meditation – 7:30-8:45pm. Yoga nidra or “yogic sleep,” is a deep meditative process using breath, relaxation, and visualization, offering healing and true balance. While resting in stillness, you are systematically guided through a visceral experience of the five layers of your being. $15. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 Spiritual Wisdom Discussion Class – 3-4pm. Learn techniques to open your awareness of your spiritual life beyond the physical. Join us in this month’s topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Life After Death. Free. Moorestown Community House, 16 E Main St, Moorestown. More info: 609-261-0019. Bike Maintenance Basics: Level 1 – 6:30-8pm. Join us for this introductory class to help you take care of your bike. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. stores/marlton.html.

Parkinson’s Support Group – 6:45-8pm. In addition to strong emotional support, this group provides the latest medical information on Parkinson’s disease, including medications and exercise programs. Meet with us once every 3rd Wed in a caring, friendly atmosphere and share self-help strategies with others. Everyone welcome. Free. 175 Madison Ave, Conference Center 1st Fl, Mount Holly. Register: 888-847-8823 or Reflexology: Bring Your Body Back In Balance Naturally Without Medicine – 7pm. What is reflexology? Join Donna Favilla, ARCB, board certified reflexologist, as she teaches you how to work on your hands and face to relieve headaches, sinus problems and digestive issues. Hosted by Women’s Wellness Connection of SJ. Sponsored by DeCotiis Chiropractic Wellness. Free. LourdesCare, 1 Brace Rd, Cherry Hill. RSVP, Judy: 609-221-2285 or Soshin: Beginners Mind Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Includes instructions on zen meditation, mindfulness practices and zendo etiquette. Designed for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Suggested donation $5. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Film and Farmer Green Event – 6:30pm. After seeing the movie Truck Farm, your creative inner gardener will be unleashed and unstoppable. Screening followed by sage advice for gardeners of any experience level from local farmer Julie Pierre of Our Yards Farm. She will also have organic seedlings for sale for your garden. Organic popcorn and a door prize. Free. Collingswood Library,  771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. 856-425-2221. GMOFreeNJ. com/events. Creating a Positive Birth Experience 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm. The birth of your baby is a memorable moment. Let’s make it a positive one. Learn how from Jodi Green, a certified doula with 15 yrs of experience. $30/couple, $15/person. 100 Bowman Dr, Garden Level/Holman CC, Voorhees. To register: 888-847-8823 or Chakra Clearing through Sound Healing with the Crystal Bowls – 7-9pm. With Michele Halliwell of Healing Harmonies. Experience healing, balancing and relaxation with the pure tones of the quartz crystal “singing” bowls. Crystal Bowl therapy helps to balance the chakra system and re-energize the auric field. $25/advance, $30/at door. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Psychic/Spiritual Protection Class – 7-9pm. Learn methods of protection against negative energy using spiritual methods, oils, sprays, crystals and more. All people are prone to picking up negative energy, but can be even more overwhelming to those who are considered empaths or sensitives. $22. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Genesis

wildflowers native to the Pinelands will be for sale. PPA Headquarters at Bishop Farmstead, 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton. More info: Laughter Yoga – 7-8pm. A simple, yet uplifting practice of breathing and laughing that releases happy chemicals. Let’s come together in community and solidarity to help cultivate world peace through laughter, connection and joy. Offered monthly. $13/drop-in $10/senior, student. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.


savethedate Made & Found Market at Rancocas Woods – 10am-4pm. A monthly (4th Sat) outdoor market featuring an eclectic mix of local handmade, vintage, and antique goods, food trucks, live music and more. Market kick-off featuring Philadelphia jazz legend Jafar Barron. 118 Creek Rd, Mt. Laurel. For vending opportunities, Michael: More info: Earth Day Work Day 2017 – 1pm. Celebrate Earth Day with hands-on action that will help spruce-up Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge and benefit the environment. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Advanced registration required by Apr 15: Cedar Earth and Arbor Day Family Festival – Apr 2223.  1-4pm. Celebrate Earth Day amid the beauty of children’s themed gardens and the Philadelphia Eagles Four Seasons Butterfly House. Includes planting activities, crafts and educational activities to learn about and to help celebrate Mother Earth. Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Dr, Camden. 856-365-9741. Camden Stress Relief through Joyous Laughter and Mindful Movement – 1-4pm. Experience a joyful uplifting, 3-hr workshop like no other with international teacher Robert Rivest. Early registration suggested, space limited. $49 before Apr 12, $59 after. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23 Learn to Read Angel Cards – 11am-3pm. Learn to connect with Angels and Spirit Guides to give Angel Card Readings. Learn how to use Angel cards in defined and undefined layouts, how to interpret the cards, how to mix card decks, and more. $65. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required:


Earth Day at Appel Farm Arts & Music Center – 12-4pm. Visit SJLWT’s table to plant some milkweed and learn about butterflies. This free family-friendly event is a great opportunity to get outside, learn more about what is happening in your community and get involved. 457 Shirley Rd, Elmer.

PPA’s Earth Day Native Plant Sale – Apr 21 & 22. Fri sale is member only. Trees, shrubs and

Walk in the Wild: Spring Wild Edibles Walk – 2pm. On this guided plant walk with Elizabeth Klig-

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ge, learn to identify and harvest wild edible, medicinal and utilitarian plants. Will discuss safety and the caretaker’s method of gathering. Free. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust, Willoughby House, 340 Pine Ave, Deptford. To reserve a space: 856-217-9138.

MONDAY, APRIL 24 Breakfast Club Virtua Memorial Hospital – 9-10:30am. Part of Virtua’s VIP program for mature adults. Join old friends and make new ones while enjoying breakfast with a featured speaker. $6. 175 Madison Ave, Mount Holly. To register: 888-847-8823 or

TUESDAY, APRIL 25 Dine & Donate Fundraiser at Iona Lake House – 6-9pm.  Go out for a great cause! SJLWT will receive a percentage of the bill from your dinner when you eat at the Lake House Restaurant. Bring your friends and enjoy live music, delicious food and beautiful views from the patio, all for a good cause. 611 Taylor Rd, Newfield. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Tuesdays, Apr 25-Jun 13. 6:45-9:15pm. 8-wk course with Linda Townshend. Course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, teaches students how to use mindfulness meditation to relate differently to life’s feeling of overwhelm, its stresses and our reaction to them. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 Homeowners’ Talk: Tomatoes – 6:30pm, sign-in; 7pm, talk. Presented by Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County. Learn about varieties of tomatoes and how they are grown along with taste differences. Speaker: Nelson Valentine, Master Gardener, class of 2013. $10/ household. Camden County Parks Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration strongly suggested: 856-216-7130  or Camden. Get Ready to Ragnar Series: Night Running Essentials – 6:30-8pm. Join our nocturnal runners to learn about the opportunities for night runs in your area, and gain insights to maximize your safety and fun. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Free Holistic Health Webinar – 7-8pm. Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging/Health Through Awareness presents Kristin M. Wistar, ASID, ISFG, feng shui master, interior designer, international speaker. Kristin is committed to educating and enriching people’s lives by enhancing healthy energy and merging beautiful design into their environments. Topic: “Boost Your Health and Well-Being with Feng Shui to Enjoy the Best Quality for your Life.” For more info or to register: 856-596-5834 or

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 Learn Professional Energy Medicine – Apr 2730. The first 4 classes of Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine Year One Certification Program. Ohana Health and Wellness Center, 1892 Green Tree Rd, Cherry Hill. For more info or to register: 856-222-4600 or


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Meditation with Crystal Singing Bowls & Reiki – 7-8pm. Join Kristy McAdams and Peggy Garron on a sound journey as you receive the blessings of reiki in the harmony of a seated, relaxed, group session. $25. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. Registration required by Apr 25: 609-975-8379.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28 Soul Ascension Meditations with David Young – 7-9pm. Experience a musical portal between heaven and Earth for vibrational spiritual travel or to reconnect with loved ones. There will be 2 musical meditations followed by group sharing and discussion. $25/advance, $30/at door. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.


savethedate World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day in Bordentown – Enter the Cosmic Rhythm with easy, gentle movements that help improve health and well-being. Ask about the provocative afternoon workshop and its fee. Free morning practice, but your registration holds your spot as space is limited. Must register for details: 609-752-1048 or  World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day in Bristol, PA – Enjoy the day with esteemed martial artists, taijiquan and qigong teachers in the beautiful Neshaminy Park by the Delaware River. All are welcomed to join as we celebrate these evidence-based forms that improve vitality and have health benefits. Ask about the provocative workshops. Dr. Jih: 267-481-0721 or Jih  Discover your Totem Animal – 10am-1pm. With Shelley Shayner. Learn about totem animals, take a Shamanic Drum Journey to discover your own personal totem animal and paint your totem animal symbol on a rock. Bring a journal. Art supplies and rocks provided. $30. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. 8th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival Sustainable –  10am-2pm. Family Fun Bike Ride kicks off the festival (8am, check-in; 9am, ride); must wear helmet. Includes: Local entertainment on 2 stages; plant exchange; green vendors & crafters; delicious healthy food; guided trail walk and more. Rain or shine. Free admission. Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mill Rd, Cherry Hill. More info: One-Day Childbirth 2017 –10am-3pm. See Apr 1 description. $90/couple. 175 Madison Ave, Conference Center 1st Fl, Mount Holly. To register: 888-847-8823 or Date: 4/29/2017 Location: 100 Bowman Drive,Garden Level/Holman CC, Voorhees , NJ, 08043 Certified Crystal Healer Class – 11am-6pm. Become a Certified Crystal Healer in this 1-day, accelerated learning class. Learn basic and advanced crystal healing layouts, techniques, and perform a full crystal healing session on a fellow classmate. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required:

Hip Hip Hooray!: A Hip Opening – 1-3pm. With Linda Sheehan. Learn to mindfully release physical and emotional tension in the hips. Move through a combination of standing and seated hip opening poses along with some restorative hip openers followed by a deep healing relaxation to leave you refreshed and relaxed and full of energy. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

SUNDAY, APRIL 30 Family Zen: Mindfulness & Meditation for the Whole Family – 9:30-11:30am. Learn how to cultivate a strong, committed home meditation practice for you and your family. Explore ancient techniques that promise to create peace in the heart of the home. Separate kids‘ program includes book reading by author, outdoor projects, arts and crafts and teaching of mindfulness techniques. Suggested donation $35. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. Registration required: 609268-9151. Let’s Celebrate The Earth – 1-3pm. Includes multiple hikes and environmental activities that celebrate the preserve’s diverse habitats and wildlife. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Details: Group Clearing and Light Grid Activation – 6-8pm. With Lisa O’Brien. Receive an energetic clearing of our human filt ers/programs. As we release these denser energies from the system we can also heal karmic and past life issues, as well as, family lineages. $20/pre-registered; limited space. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

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savethedate Sacred Immersion Retreat with Kathy Milano – May 4-7. A weekend exploration of WholeHearted Mystical Living at Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia. Deepen within the Mystery with Divine Feminine Wisdom transmissions flowing through Kathy, Yoga and Chanting with Julie Fischer, Sacred Art with Mary Law, initiations with the Masters, meditation, chanting, dancing, energy medicine, AngelicEnergetics techniques, inspired writing, group sharing, free time in nature, and Sacred Ceremony within Spiral Matrix of Light. Dive in. Cranaleith: Northeast Philadelphia, PA. 856778-1981.


savethedate Sacred Body, Sacred Dance – 4-5:30pm. Come celebrate your scared nature. Through the magic of music and movement we will expand our vision of who we are and who we can become. Led by NiaTeacher, Rebecca Narva. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

retreat MONDAY, MAY 15 Sedona Adventure Retreat – May 15-21. Join Mary and Lisa and an intimate group of like-minded people connecting our mind, body and spirit with the wisdom of the Earth, spending time in silence, play and community. Nourishing our true self and clearing what no longer serves. For more info, Lisa O’Brien: 856261-0554 or

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FOR RENT CHERRY HILL WELLNESS CENTER – Beautiful 900-sq-ft studio with hardwood floors for workshops, yoga and more. Counseling rooms available for individual therapy, body work or massage. Very reasonable monthly, daily and hourly rates available. Great location off 295, plenty of parking, local restaurants next door. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Pictures: PRIVATE PARTY’S AT YOGA FOR LIVING IN CHERRY HILL – ​Choose from one of our suggested themed packages, or get creative and design one of your own! Enjoy exclusive use of the space, including use of the kitchen area before and after your class or event. Parties for children and adults, bridals parties, too. Yoga for Living 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Call to discuss your special party request: 856-404-7287. More info: Yoga YOGA, PILATES, DANCE OR RELATED WORKSHOPS – Studio space for rent in Hainesport. Great location on Rte 38. 267-664-3236.

HANDMADE/VINTAGE VENDORS WANTED MADE & FOUND MARKET IN RANCOCAS WOODS – Looking for crafters and antiquers for its monthly markets! Seeking: artists, sculptors, painters, vintage/antiques, home décor, bath & body care, pottery, metalworkers, woodworkers, jewelers, collectibles, vintage/handmade furniture, clothing, glass art, seasonal décor, photographers, etc. For details: Made

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Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) for Beginners  – Ongoing classes. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Bruni Square, 1351 Rte 38, Hainesport. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or

Meditation – 10am. Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center, 215 Highlands Ave, Ste C, Haddon Township. 856-780-5826.

various Basic Life Support CPR Courses 2017 – Multiple dates and times available. This 4-hr program includes training for healthcare professionals in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) & choking skills for infants, children & adults, as well as 2-rescuer CPR, the use of barrier devices & training on automated external defibrillators (AED). $75. 523 Fellowship Rd, Ste 220, Mount Laurel. To register: 888-Virtua-3 or CHOP at Virtua Spring Pediatric Symposium 2017 – Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Review the new recommendations for peanut introduction in infants and children. Recognize the clinical presentation of Zika virus and understand the neurologic implication of infections in children. Review the orthopedic exam of the knee and discuss abnormal findings. Review current insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors and insulins used in Type 1 Diabetes. Discuss the appropriate treatment options for high cholesterol in children and adolescents. Free. For more info & to register: 888-847-8823. Family & Friends CPR for Adults, Infants and Children 2017 – Multiple dates and time available. Program geared towards family members, friends and members of the general community who want to learn how to perform CPR for adults, infants and children, and who do not need a course completion card. $30/person, $50/couple. 100 Bowman Dr, Garden Level/ Holman CC, Voorhees. To register: 888-Virtua-3 or One Day Childbirth 2017 – 10am-3pm. Multiple dates available. Great for couples with time constraints or fluctuating schedules; class is a combination of our Labor Basics and Breathing & Relaxation class. Recommended that couples attend the Baby Basics class to supplement information given on caring for a newborn. $90/couple. Multiple locations. To register: 888-Virtua-3 or

Meditation for Inner Peace – 1-2pm. With Meditation Teacher, John Baker. Drop-ins welcome; no experience necessary. $10/ class. Collingswood Community Center, 30 Collings Ave, Collingswood. 267-702-3817. MeditationIn

monday Living in Oneness – 6:30-7:30pm. 4th Mon. Discussion around the new energy concepts for the conscious shift into oneness. Learn how to make practical application of the concepts to your everyday life. Based on the book, The Oneness of It All by Maryann Pino Miller. Free. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeIn Monthly Meditation/Mini-Workshop – 6:308:30pm. 1st Mon. Explore meditation, energy education/topics and reiki. Please arrive on time so the meditation is not disturbed, and refrain from alcohol the day of the workshop. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@ Working Session Meeting: Sustainable Haddon Heights – 7pm. 1st Mon. Meetings are open to all interested volunteers. Haddon Heights Public Library, lower level, 608 Station Ave.

tuesday Back to Basics Yoga – 10am. With Bonnie Hart. Class begins with meditation. Then moves into simple stretches, building to postures that tone and firm the body while relaxing the mind. Each posture targets specific chakras/energy centers of the body so that the entire energy system is rebalanced.  Concludes with deep relaxation. Provides stress relief and rejuvenation. Yoga for Living, 1926 Geentree Rd, Cherry Hill. More info:

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Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Yoga – 1010:45am. Ages 2-5. With Joyce McNally. Grab your child and try this fun and energizing yoga workout sprinkled with partner poses, cooperative games, theme activities, storytelling, music and art. Kid rates: $10/drop-in, $80/10-class card (valid for 3 mos). The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. The All Levels Yoga  – 10:30-11:30am & 7-8pm. Also Thurs, 10:30-11:30am. All ages. All levels. Healing yoga positions, Breathing techniques and relaxation. $10. Massage by Laura, 3 Deltona Ln, Marlton. 856-287-5840. Laura@ Enlightened Movement – 10:30-11:30am. Yoga and fitness meets fun. Classes are similar in format to an all-level yoga class, using custom props to enhance your experience, provide stability, and deepen postures and stretches. Most classes include simple breathing exercises and savasana. Hainesport. More info, Dan Cantor: 856-236-9416 or Postural Alignment Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Strong and balanced posture is the foundation for health. Gentle corrective exercises restores your body to proper alignment, function and balance. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 6-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Also 11am-12:30pm, 1st Thurs. Proven simple self-massage technique teaches you how to eliminate knee pain immediately. Massage applied to your thigh (quadriceps) muscle, while in a seated position. Wear comfortable clothes with easy access to your thigh. No jeans please or bring shorts. Easy to learn, immediate benefits. $15/drop-in. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, Gentle Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. A practical and realistic practice, using straightforward poses and clear alignment cues to developmental and physical confidence and awareness.  Class touches on the  natural  world and its seasonal changes. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236.

wednesday Natural Health: Fresh Organic Produce Delivery – Wed & Fri. Delivery times vary. Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood-Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. For more info: 856784-1021. Early Dawn Meditation – Apr 5-21. 5:306:30am. Start your day off right. Come meditate with us for the entire time or any part of it. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-2689151.


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Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. Also held Fri. Join us for a 10-min meditation. On Wed the focus is love; on Fri, peace. Each week we raise the love and peace vibration personally and globally. Treat yourself to a mid-week refresher. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Green Drinks – Thru June. 6-8pm. 1st Wed. Networking focused on creating a sustainable South Jersey community. More info & location: 609-238-3449 or Meditation for Everyone – 7-8pm. With Buddhist Monk, Gen Kelsang Tenzin. Drop-ins welcome; no experience necessary. $10/class. Collingswood Community Center, 30 Collings Ave, Collingswood. 267-702-3817. MeditationIn Lettering Arts – 7-8:30pm. With Maureen Peters. All skill levels welcome to learn the art of calligraphy and to create unique pieces using brush work, resists, embossing, stamping and more. Supplies provided. Free. Woodbury Public Library, 33 Delaware St, Woodbury. 856845-2611.

thursday Qigong – 11am-12pm. With Juhi Singhal. A moving meditation with simple mindful movements to clear, revitalize and energize your mind body and soul. $13/drop-in; discounted class cards available. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856404-7287. Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 11am-12:30pm. 1st Thurs. Also 6-7:30pm, 2nd & 4th Tues. See Tues listing. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, Dr.DottyAtkins@ Sanctuary Teens Yoga: Ages 12 & Up – 4:305:30pm. With Joyce McNally. Building self-awareness, emotional resilience, healthy body image and compassion through asana, breathing practices, meditation, community building, “mat chats” and more. Kid rates: $10/drop-in, $80/10-class card (valid for 3 mos). The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryFor Yoga Basics and Restore – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Thurs. With Nicole. A sweet and calming class designed to gently increase strength and flexibility. Combines basic postures with restoratives focused on breath and  body awareness. Leave with a calm mind and lifted spirit. Suitable for all levels. $10/drop-in. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38, Hainesport. 267-664-3236.

friday Free Demo of Class II Infrared Laser – Come for a free demonstration of how the laser can work for your specific skin issues. Insight2yourwellness, 18 Serenity Court, Southampton. 856-834 2344. Insight2Your Yoga for Beginners & Beyond – 9:3010:45am. For beginners and those wanting to deepen knowledge into the fundamentals of ayurvedic yoga. Explore fundamental yoga postures and philosophies of ayurvedic yoga in an easy, informative, safe and relaxed way. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006. Friday Flow – 9:45-10:45am. With Michelle. Build strength, increase  flexibility, improve posture and release tension. An active class where poses creatively flow from one to the next,  synchronizing breath  with movement. A great all-purpose class. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-6643236. Yoga & Crystal Bowls – 10am. With Bonnie Hart. Class begins with meditation. Then moves into simple stretches, building to postures that tone and firm the body while relaxing the mind.  Each posture targets specific chakras/energy centers of the body so that the entire energy system is rebalanced.  Concludes with deep relaxation to the sound of crystal bowls. Yoga for Living, 1926 Geentree Rd, Cherry Hill. More info: Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. See Wed listing. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Friday Nite Fitness Hike – 7pm.  Brisk pace, 8-10 miles. Work up a sweat exploring the sand roads and trails of Brendan Byrne State Forest. Be prepared to walk at an average of 3.5 mph, with few breaks. Meet at the Campground, Glass House and Coopers Rd, Woodland Township. Leaders, Bob Hodges:

saturday Refresh and Renew Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. Start your weekend by clearing out the chaos and stressors of the week. Class will guide you through a flowing series of purifying and restorative postures. All levels. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267664-3236. Pet Adoption Day  – 11am-2pm. PetsMart, 62 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel. More info, Burlington County Animal Alliance:

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What if there was a much easier way to deal with stress and anxiety? Have your Bars run, gentle touch on 32 points on the scalp that starts a flow of energy and erases years of fixed points of view, judgments, negative feelings and limiting beliefs that hold us back. Sessions include powerful tools to use in everyday situations. Energetic Massage and Bodywork for Women.


Ayurvedic Healing Practitioner Registered Yoga Teacher Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness 118 W Merchant St Audubon, NJ 08106 856-816-4158 Utilizing the principles of Ay u r v e d a , n u t r i t i o n , y o g a , meditation, and herbs for natural healing and self-care to support your body in returning to its natural healthy function. Reiki session, ayurvedic cooking classes, restorative yoga and private yoga sessions. See ad, page 20.

ALLERGY MELISA SKYRM, MAC, DIPL AC, LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST Regenerate Health and Wellness 2 Split Rock Dr, Ste 12, Cherry Hill 609-332-1324

Got allergies? Food sensitivities? Try AAT/Advanced Allergy Therapeutics. Melisa Skyrm, LAc, is now bringing this exclusive and needed service to South Jersey. It has helped many with respiratory and food sensitivity symptoms. Call today to get ahead of allergy season! See ad, page 15.


Angel Intuitive, Medium, Artist, Author, Reiki/IET The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford, NJ 08055 Ph/text: 856-220-2955 • Facebook: Energy of Angels Got Angels? Yes, you do! Find out more by connecting with them via your own customized Angel Art, private Crystal Singing Bowls with the Angels session or Angel Crystal Grid Reading. Using art and sound, Kristy McAdams helps you deepen into your connection with the angels to enhance your life. See ad page 8.

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE RESTORATION THERAPY DR. CAMILLE SEMPLE-DALY, DO Replenish Center 215 Sunset Rd, Ste 204 Willingboro, NJ 08046 856-380-1330

Don’t wait any longer to restore your hormone balance. Symptoms due to menopause, andropause, PMS, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal fatigue, etc., should not negatively impact your quality of life. Regain your vitality and zest naturally with individualized Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT). Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/ GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative Medicine for over a decade and has helped thousands of men and women restore balance with BHRT. See ad on page 3.

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DECOTIIS CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS 30 W Holly Ave Pitman, NJ 08071 856-218-1330

Dr. DeCotiis specializes in wellnessbased Chiropractic care: helping the body to function at its personal best while reducing internal and external stresses. We individualize care to optimize performance of body systems by reducing nerve damage, improving spinal alignment, posture, ergonomics, sleep habits, hormone balance and improving overall health through exercise, weight loss, detox and supplementation.


The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-273-1551 Dr. Bidwell is dedicated to providing patients the best possible spinal healthcare including chiropractic adjustment, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold therapy, cervical and lumbar traction, and stretching and strengthening exercise instruction. Her adjustments techniques consist of diversified, activator, arthrostim, SOT blocking, craniosacral work, active release technique, and PNF stretching. See ad, page 15.


Experienced Energy Intuitive and Yoga Teacher 856-261-0554 Lisa O’Brien is an experienced yoga teacher, Reiki Master and energy intuitive offering private and group sessions. She specializes in clearing blockages and negative programs out of the energy system for healing and advancement on one’s path.

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The Wisdom Within Moorestown office/Skype or phone sessions 856-236-5973 Transform your Chaos to Calm! Calm your worried mind, manage your inner critic, and connect to your Wisdom Within, through drug-free energy techniques, mindfulness and spiritual counseling. Clarify and accomplish goals, guided by your deepest Wisdom. Schedule your complimentary 21-min Call to Transformation on website.


Lotus Living Space Feng Shui, Physical Radiesthesia, Energy Therapy, Shamanic Healing 201-993-6588 A healthy body, mind and spirit need a balanced and positive environment. Karin is a certified Feng Shui Master and Professional Dowser for Geopathic Stress, Electromagnetic Frequencies, Energy Intrusions and Product Sensitivities. She also offers IET ®, Shamanic Healing and Psychopomp work to heal mind and spirit.


Lisa Roche, Owner/Certified GYROTONIC Trainer Haddonfield, NJ 609-929-4421 Learn how to work your body in a way you’ve never experienced. Gyrotonic works for any and every type of body. From high level athletes to those h e a l i n g f r o m i n j u r y, t h o s e looking to balance a current exercise regimen or for a complete work out; a Gyrotonic session can be customized to suit your specific needs. Gyrotonic offers movement and healing on every level—stimulating the nervous system, massaging the organs, increasing blood flow and stretching and strengthening every muscle. Lisa Roche is a Certified Gyrotonic Instructor and offers private sessions by appointment only. See ad, page 17.


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HEALING MODALITIES SARAH OUTLAW, CBHC, MH, NRT Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey 1050 N Kings Hwy, Ste 200 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-667-6805

Safe, natural solutions for many health problems. Get to the root of your symptoms and heal your body with Nutrition Response Testing™. Sarah Outlaw is a Master Herbalist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner offering a non-invasive, advanced form of muscle testing for food sensitivities, chemical and metal toxicity, and immune system issues for all ages. Individualized, targeted nutrition programs designed for every client. See ad, page 11.

HEALTH COUNSELING LIESHA GETSON, BCTT, HHC Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton 856-596-5834

Liesha Getson is a Board-Certified T h e r m o g r a p h i c Te c h n i c i a n , Holistic Health Counselor, a Reiki Master and Energy Practitioner. Liesha is a founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, reiki, thermography, infrared detoxification and biopuncture. See ad, page 7.


Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood- Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. 856-784-1021 For a complete selection of vitamins, homeopathics, body care, bulk herbs, bulk grains, packaged foods, frozen foods, organic produce, snacks. Open 7 days. Mon-Fri, 9am8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. See ad, page 3.


Chairman, Medical & Dental Division, International Hypnosis Federation 214 W Main St, Ste L4, Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-231-0432 • Dr. Jaime Feldman, one of the pioneers in an advanced technique called “Advanced Parts Therapy,” has been able to unlock the subconscious and remove unwanted behaviors: stop smoking (guaranteed), weight loss, stress, depression, pain and anger management, and more. Outstanding success in curing phobias and deep-seated trauma, and treating the immune system to put cancer into complete remission. See ad, page 12.


Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown, NJ 856-231-0590 Board-Certified Family Medicine blending traditional family care with a holistic focus and preventive, nutritional and integrative approach. We look for causes and triggers for disease before reaching for the prescription pad. Same and next day appointments are available. See ad, page 2.


Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton, NJ 08053 856-596-5834 Health Through Awareness takes a holistic approach to health and well-being. Dr. Philip Getson is a board-certified Family Physician and certified by four Thermographic Boards. He specializes in thermography, an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. With the mission of providing a balanced approach to wellness, the center offers diet and lifestyle counseling, thermography, the area’s most unique infrared detox sauna (The POD), reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes. See ad, page 7.


LAW OF ATTRACTION COACH DAVID BARTKY, LOACC Phone Coaching At Its Best 973-444-7301

I am an experienced and certified Law of Attraction Life Coach. Are you ready to start attracting what you want instead of what you d o n ’t w a n t ? T h e f i r s t p h o n e session is free.

MASSAGE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT DOROTHEA ATKINS, TH.D., RN, LMT Holos Touch LLC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-546-7500

Experience and learn simple yet effective pain relief methods in individual or group sessions. Dr. Atkins’ advanced muscle release treatment and self-care education has proven published results for the past decade. Other services include certified manual lymph drainage, and relief for various chronic conditions. See ad, page 27.


8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-810-7548 Our spa treatments are customized based on time, and your needs and expectations. We use Aveda’s Elemental Nature Questionnaire to determine the appropriate service to meet your needs. We customize your treatment, technique and products, along with essential oil aroma based on your personal preference. See ad, on page 27.

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EXTREME COMMUNICATION Lisa Miliaresis, Medium & Author 856-439-0472

Lisa offers private channeling, group channeling and private counseling session for those looking for direction to develop their own personal practice.

MENOPAUSAL AND SEXUAL HEALTH WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019

It is a known fact that millions of women after the menopausal transition, undergo changes in their vaginal health and suffer from vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The changes in vaginal health is due to declining estrogen levels. Current management of these symptoms include Estrogens and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. Not all women can take estrogens for symptomatic relief. The MonaLisa Touch therapy is an effective in-office, nonhormornal therapy, with no downtime. Most women have called it life changing. It is similar to the annual pelvic exam. Many women have reported symptomatic relief after the first treatment. See ad, on page 2.


Intuitive Advisor, Medium & Soul Coach The Blessed Self 609-353-7210 Facebook: The Blessed Self Twitter: @Kimara_Medium Internationally recognized Psychic Medium, Reiki Master and Soul Coach, Kimara empowers clients to discover purpose, develop intuition, and find clarity. Connect with loved ones who’ve crossed over to experience joy, healing, closure and forgiveness. Phone, video, and inperson sessions, workshops, retreats, private and group readings are available.


Nutritional Wellness Center of South Jersey 1 Cinnaminson Ave, Palmyra, NJ 08065 856-499-2160 Sean Christopher Inselberg is an Advanced Clinical Nutritionist Practicing Nutrition Response testing and Neuro Emotional Technique. He uses non-invasive testing to uncover the root cause of symptoms and disease. The techniques are clinically proven to help restore the body back to optimal health. Using an advanced form of applied kinesiology, the testing shows any structural impairments, nutritional deficiencies, hidden infections and emotional stressors that can all become barriers to achieving good health. See ad, page 8.

NATUROPATIC DOCTOR MELISSA JOSSELSON, ND Naturopathic Doctor Marlton & Haddonfield, NJ 856-472-9495

Holistic health care for all ages and a variety of health conditions. Find the cause of your health issues and heal using safe, natural and nontoxic therapies. See ad, page 19.


Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526 J o i n t h e r e g i o n ’s l e a d i n g numerologist as you discover your life’s purpose. Encoded in your name and birth date are your lessons, talents and desires. Traci will help you realize your full potential.

A smile is the universal welcome. ~Max Eastman natural awakenings

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toxins, balances hormones, powers up immunity and prevents premature aging. Leads to a powerful sense of well-being and grounding. Personal Won Ki healing sessions and training available in home, in studio or Skype.

YOGA FOR LIVING 1926 Greentree Rd 856-404-7287

Yoga, Mindfulness M e d i t a t i o n , ayurveda and a variety of classes, workshops and retreats. See ad, page 34.


Andrea Regal, Subtle Energy Therapist 856-904-5566 Want to know where you Source from? What role you play in the Earth’s evolution? What are the Soul Purposes underlying the greatest issues and challenges of your life? “Discover the Universe Within” sessions can allow you to truly “Know Thyself” and create the life you dream. Or 75-/90-min Earth/Galactic Alignment sessions to set you back on course. 30+ years experience in counseling and teaching the energetics of mind, body and soul connection.



Lighting Up Your Pathway to Positive Changes Christine Hopkins, MA, BC-DMT 856-265-9815 Shamanism is helpful for getting unstuck on long-term problems and clearing trauma residue. My shamanic methods are personalized to energize your effectiveness in any area of your life. I bring 25 years professional experience in body-mind-spirit wellness to this work. My clients have experienced significant results. See ad, page 34.



Clinical Psychologist Soul Sanctuary, 110 Marter Ave, Ste 206 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-778-1981

Kathy Milano is a NJ licensed psychologist (#3686) with a Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology who specializes in treating trauma and using an integrative, WholeHearted model in her private practice. She founded Soul Sanctuary to enrich exploration of healing, personal growth, and the spiritual journey. As an intuitive, Kathy offers workshops and retreats which empower intuitive skill development, connection with the Divine, and integration of mind, body, spirit, energy techniques in daily life. See ad, page 16.

DR. CAMILLE SEMPLE-DALY, DO Replenish Center 215 Sunset Rd, Ste 204 Willingboro, NJ 08046 856-380-1330

End yo-yo dieting with our safe and effective Physician Supervised Weight Loss Program. Our program is designed to identify the root causes of your weight concerns, individualize a plan to reverse the imbalances identified, and help you to quickly and safely lose the excess weight. Finally, we will transition you to a healthier lifestyle to keep you at a healthier weight. Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative medicine for over a decade. See ad, on page 3.


Dana Reynolds, MA/M.ED. 1001 Whitehorse Pike Haddon Township, NJ 08107 Serving the South Jersey/Tri-State area 856-993-1786 True healer/channeler with 30 years’ experience.  Won Ki channeled energy from nature taps into energetic ancestral consciousness to powerfully address disease, imbalance and chronic illness of the mind and body. Revitalizes the spirit, rejuvenates cells, expels


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Aw a r e n e s s Coaching, with Miller, THE CENTER Maryann and Intuitive Life in Balance Guidance, with Susan Drummond, are offered at The Center and as private sessions in your home or over the phone. If you are feeling out-of-sorts, have a free consultation to determine the unique approach for your unique journey. See ad, page 10.

WHOLESOME GYNECOLOGY AND INFERTILITY WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019

Dr. Jewel Amui-Bellon is a wellrespected board-certified OBGYN in Marlton, NJ. She provides excellent individualized gynecologic and preventative care for women. In addition, she is committed to providing a wholistic, gentle, and compassionate way to conception for women who have been told they cannot carry out successful pregnancy outcomes. The oldest women was 56 years old at conception and successfully delivered a bouncy baby boy. See ad, on page 2.


Pine Winds Zen Center Cherry Hill & Shamong locations 609-268-9151 A unique opportunity to work with an American Zen Master. One-onone private sessions with one of today’s most popular pioneers and expert in the field of human potential and Mindfulness Meditation Stress Reduction Training (Zen Training). Adults, couples, families, executives, professionals, caretakers and clergy.  Stress management, relationships, grief, loss, mindfulness in the workplace. See ad, page 17.

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